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Arizona Cardinals Cheerleader And Iraq Veteran Megan Welter

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Pro-football cheerleader and United States Veteran … what more can you ask for?!

Megan Welter began taking ballet classes when she was 3 years young and continued with dance by the age of 9. Once graduated in 2007, she decided to join the United States Army. She completed training and enrolled in Officer Training School. She was commissioned a Second Lieutenant by the end of April 2007. Then becoming a cable platoon leader.

A month later she was deployed from the Henning Air Force base to Iraq where she served a 16-month tour. Welter is a 3rd generation soldier; her father and grandfather served in the military as well. At only 23 years old, she was in charge of maintaining communications network for the largest base in Iraq.

While in Iraq, another NFL team and their cheerleaders went and she got to speak with some of them to see if there would be a possibility for her to try out. Once she returned, it took her 3 seasons, but she finally got the courage to try-out for the Arizona Cardinals in 2011. When not cheering, Welter still serves as an Army Reservist.

“When you see the flag, it means a lot, you know, because our country has given us so many freedoms, and to be a part of fighting for that and maintaining that, it means a lot. So yes, it gives me goosebumps, I can’t help it.” ~ Megan Welter

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